Ed.D. Doctor of Education
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Cecile H. Sam, Ph.D.
Committee Member 1
Ane Turner Johnson, Ph.D.
Committee Member 2
Hajime Mitani, Ph.D.
ADL Peer Trainers, Case Study, high school, qualitative research, transformative learning theory
Social justice and education
Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Secondary Education
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine students experiences as Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Peer Trainers at a predominately White, suburban high school in New Jersey, including in what ways students' experiences reflected transformative learning and empowered them as social justice allies. In addition, the study explored in what ways students' experiences could inform social justice education at their high school. The findings indicate that within this context, many participants experienced at least the beginning of perspective transformation, resulting in a shift from an exclusive to an inclusive perspective and an orientation toward social justice. Further, the findings suggest that adolescence may be an asset when the goal is to teach for transformation, as some participants developed a positive self-image related to their roles, and many felt empowered by their experiences.
Knecht, David G., "AN EXAMINATION OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS' EXPERIENCES AS ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE PEER TRAINERS: A CASE STUDY" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 3015.